1740] To the Hon. Henry Seymour Comvay 75
MY DEAR HARRY, Florence, July 9.
We are come hither, and I have received another letter from you with Hosier's Ghost3. Your last put me in pain for you, when you talked of going to Ireland ; but now I find your brother and sister go with you, I am not much concerned. Should I be? You have but to say, for my feelings are extremely at your service to dispose as you please. Let us see: you are to come back to stand for some place; that will be about April. "Tis a sort of thing I should do, too ; and then we should see one another, and that would be charming : but it is a sort of thing I have no mind to do; and then we shall not see one another, unless you would come hither—but that you cannot do: nay, I would not have you, for then I shall be gone.—So, there are many ifs that just signify nothing at all. Eeturn I must sooner than I shall like. I am happy here to a degree. I'll tell you my situation. I am lodged with Mr. Mann4, the best of creatures. I have a terreno all to myself, with an open gallery on the Arno, where I am now writing to you. Over against me is the famous Gallery; and, on the other hand, two fair bridges5. Is not this charming and cool? The air is so serene, and so secure, that one sleeps with all the windows and door thrown open to the river, and only covered with a slight gauze to keep away the gnats. Lady Pomfret6 has a charming
8 A ballad by Richard Q-lover, published this year. In 1726 Admiral Sir ITrancis Hosier "was ordered to blockade the Spanish galleons in Porto Bello, but was forbidden to act on the offensive. During the blockade hundreds of sailors died from fever, and the ships rotted. The Admiral is said to have died of a broken heart (1727).
* ' In Casa Manetti in Via de' Santi Apostoli, by the Ponte di Trinita.1 (See letter to Agnes Berry,
5 The Ponte S. Trinita, and the Ponte alia Carraja.
6 Henrietta Louisa Jeffreys (d. 1761), daughter and heiress of second Baron Jeffreys; m. (1720) Thomas ITennor, first Earl of Pomfret. Her affectation of learning is frequently ridiculed by Horace Walpole. Her Correspondence with the Countess of Hertford (afterwards Duchess of Somerset) was published in 1805.